This Year's Program

April 13

Earth Day Putter

9-11 am

Judy Brewer, Earth Day Putter Chair

Spring Cleanup of TWB Gazebo area and Senior Center Gardens

Meet at the Senior Center at 9 am

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April 18

“The American Chestnut”

This program will give a brief history of chestnut trees and their demise due to an imported pathogen, and the restoration efforts that have been ongoing by different groups over the years, with updates on the back-cross breeding program as well as tentative efforts to create a chestnut food industry in Massachusetts.

Lois and Denis Melican

The American Chestnut Foundation

Note: Lois is the president of the MA/RI Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation

Academy Hall, 7pm

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May 16

“All About Bats”

An informative discussion on why bats are important, the myths/facts around bats, bat diversity, threats to bats, how to deal with bats in your home, and how you can help bats

Jennifer Longsdorf, NHESP Program Coordinator

MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program

Academy Hall, 7pm

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May 27

Memorial Day Plant Sale

Members donate potted and labeled perennials to be dropped off by Sunday morning at Academy Hall Lawn. Help needed for pricing and set up on Sunday and/or selling on Monday.

Ginny’s porch open to all for refreshments during the sale

Plant Sale Chair: Deb Mahoney

Academy Hall

8am-12n

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June 20

“A Backyard Haven”

Garden Tour

Donna’s artistic flair and creativity is evident in the selection and placement of the many plants and garden ornaments accenting this space. Stone walkways connecting the patio, pergola and fire pit, make this a haven for outdoor living and relaxation.

Donna Hatch

130 Mill Road

Hampden, MA

6PM

Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.

Meet at Academy Hall to carpool

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July 18

Annual Potluck Picnic and Perennial Plant Exchange

At the home of Ed and Carol Collins

721 Main Street

Hampden

6 PM

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August 15

“Fairy Gardening”

This program will explore ways to make a “magical” garden with this

fun and imaginative hobby.

Beth Pratt

(Randalls Greenhouse

of Ludlow, MA)

Academy Hall, 7pm

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August 24*

*Note: this is a Saturday

Fall Container Garden Workshop

11 am

Back by popular demand! Those who attended in 2018 not only were wowed by their creations, but received great information regarding how to give new life to summer container gardens, best plants to use in the fall, and tips for keeping continued life throughout the seasons.

Cost of $25 per person includes 12 inch container, soil, plants and instruction

Garden’s Dream

(355 Taylor Rd

Enfield, CT 06082)

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September 19

“Antique Garden Tools”

A collector of antique garden ornaments, Eric will share how to creatively incorporate a little history in the garden.

Eric Shultz

(Bilton's Mountainside Orchard)

Academy Hall, 7pm

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October 17

“Making Your Home a Green, Safer Environment”

Tips, tricks, and recipes for creating a less toxic home environment (including some household cleaners) will be shared.

Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN

Educator, Herbalist, Coach

Holistic Health & Fitness

(Harmony Way

www.harmonywayhealing.com)

Academy Hall, 7pm

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Nov 9

Annual Banquet

Home of Dave and Tina Buell

25 Mill Road

Hampden, MA

Annual Banquet and Gift Exchange

Banquet Committee: Ellie Green, Nancy Ryan, Nancy Salerno

6 PM